Living Wage Calculation for Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual in a household must earn to support his or herself and their family. The assumption is the sole provider is working full-time (2080 hours per year). The tool provides information for individuals, and households with one or two working adults and zero to three children. In the case of households with two working adults, all values are per working adult, single or in a family unless otherwise noted.

The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. Data are updated annually, in the first quarter of the new year. State minimum wages are determined based on the posted value of the minimum wage as of January one of the coming year (National Conference of State Legislatures, 2019). The poverty rate reflects a person's gross annual income. We have converted it to an hourly wage for the sake of comparison.

For further detail, please reference the technical documentation here.

1 ADULT 2 ADULTS

(1 WORKING)

2 ADULTS

(BOTH WORKING)

0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children
Living Wage $22.07 $42.51 $53.81 $71.13 $31.80 $38.26 $43.92 $48.59 $15.77 $23.05 $29.81 $36.06
Poverty Wage $6.19 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $8.38 $10.56 $12.74 $14.92 $4.19 $5.28 $6.37 $7.46
Minimum Wage $15.20 $15.20 $15.20 $15.20 $15.20 $15.20 $15.20 $15.20 $15.20 $15.20 $15.20 $15.20

Typical Expenses

These figures show the individual expenses that went into the living wage estimate. Their values vary by family size, composition, and the current location.

1 ADULT 2 ADULTS

(1 WORKING)

2 ADULTS

(BOTH WORKING)

0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children
Food $3,351 $4,937 $7,417 $9,838 $6,143 $7,645 $9,856 $11,999 $6,143 $7,645 $9,856 $11,999
Child Care $0 $12,655 $25,311 $37,966 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $12,655 $25,311 $37,966
Medical $2,634 $9,427 $9,214 $9,523 $6,200 $9,214 $9,523 $9,312 $6,200 $9,214 $9,523 $9,312
Housing $17,894 $20,906 $20,906 $26,835 $18,312 $20,906 $20,906 $26,835 $17,894 $20,906 $20,906 $26,835
Transportation $5,509 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $16,304 $9,776 $12,709 $15,012 $16,304
Civic $2,503 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $5,153 $4,019 $4,965 $6,483 $5,153
Other $4,508 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $8,655 $6,723 $6,150 $8,948 $8,655
Required annual income after taxes $36,522 $68,566 $86,795 $114,730 $51,295 $61,712 $70,852 $78,382 $50,878 $74,368 $96,163 $116,348
Annual taxes $9,389 $19,849 $25,126 $33,213 $14,850 $17,865 $20,511 $22,691 $14,729 $21,529 $27,838 $33,682
Required annual income before taxes $45,911 $88,416 $111,922 $147,943 $66,145 $79,577 $91,363 $101,072 $65,606 $95,896 $124,001 $150,029

Typical Annual Salaries

These are the typical annual salaries for various professions in this location.

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $155,760
Business & Financial Operations $98,547
Computer & Mathematical $117,957
Architecture & Engineering $109,846
Life, Physical, & Social Science $113,516
Community & Social Service $62,499
Legal $153,802
Education, Training, & Library $68,309
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $83,824
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $89,484
Healthcare Support $34,037
Protective Service $61,097
Food Preparation & Serving Related $31,426
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $34,818
Personal Care & Service $32,582
Sales & Related $35,845
Office & Administrative Support $49,445
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $39,622
Construction & Extraction $54,559
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $61,011
Production $41,377
Transportation & Material Moving $39,183